On today’s show, we spoke with Lorrie Kalmbach-Ehlers, Executive Director of Northwest Spay & Neuter Center (formerly known as Coalition: HUMAnE Spay & Neuter Clinic), and Gretchen Anderson, Board Secretary of BullsEye Dog Rescue.
The Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is an organization dedicated to providing the community with low cost, high quality, high volume spay/neuter services. Lorrie Kalmbach-Ehlers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington and has conducted research for the Department of Defense and co-produced a publication that appeared in Northwest Naturalist. In addition, she has been employed by many nonprofit organizations including Kitsap Humane Society where she has shared her animal talents as adoption counselor, foster parent and volunteer and Salish Sea Expeditions as Director of Outreach and Operations. Lorrie’s volunteer endeavors also include co-founding BullsEye Dog Rescue in 2004, of which she is currently the Board President and also serves as Board Treasurer for the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies. She lives in Port Orchard on a small farm affectionately named “The Funny Farm” with her 4 permanent resident dogs and an ongoing rotation of foster puppies, two cats, two goats, one 40 year old tortoise, three horses, a flock of chickens and a couple ducks, one young boy that loves them all dearly, not to mention her very patient husband.
In 2003 Gretchen Anderson and her partner, Jennifer, moved out of apartment life into their first house with the idea of bringing a dog into their lives. Gretchen was thinking small dog (Chihuahua). Jennifer was thinking BIG dog (Great Dane). They compromised and decided a medium dog was perfect! After doing a lot of research on breeds, they decided it was time to meet some Pit Bulls! They went on a meet-n-greet at Lorrie’s home and fell head over heels for two dogs, Kaiser and Dakota. How could they decide? How about adopting both?! Welcome to the fabulous world of pit bulls!
Gretchen immersed herself in the world of pit bull rescue and soon found she had a passion for this breed like no other. When Lorrie and Maggie started up BullsEye Dog Rescue Gretchen soon joined them and has since become the Board Secretary.
Gretchen and Jennifer have two pit bulls, a Shih Tzu, a Pekignese (she got her small dogs!) and one cats. All have been rescued. This pack usually includes at least one foster dog (usually two and sometimes three) at all times. Gretchen can never get enough pit bull lovin’!